Olio e Limone Ristorante, located in downtown Santa Barbara's historic arts district, serves artisanal Zagat-rated Italian cuisine. Meaning oil and ... More
Olio E Limone Ristorante
Olio e Limone Ristorante, located in downtown Santa Barbara's historic arts district, serves artisanal Zagat-rated Italian cuisine. Meaning oil and lemon in Italian, their restaurant's name reflects husband-wife team Alberto and Elaine Morello's philosophy: rely on the integrity of the ingredients and quality of the preparation to provide Santa Barbara diners simply sophisticated Italian cuisine served in an inviting atmosphere with European hospitality. Start with burrata salad or white Mediterranean anchovies, then tuck into a plate of house-made ravioli filled with roasted eggplant and goat cheese, topped with a fresh tomato and basil sauce and shaved ricotta salata. And be sure to take home a bottle of their own olio, an organic extra-virgin olive oil made from Sicilian olive varieties. Private dining in the Cucina Room for up to 40 guests. Bonus: their pizza bar, salumi bar, wine bar and full bar next door at Olio Pizzeria, with private dining for up to 32 guests.
We went on a Wed. night 7/22. As two back East Italians we eat a lot of Italian food. This was the best we have ever had! The food is seasoned to perfection. You taste every ingredient in it with nothing over powering the flavors, just a prefect blend. It’s a joy to go to an Italian restaurant that doesn’t just load the food with garlic and think “that’s Italian”. The service was wonderful. It was a special occasion for us and they went above and beyond to make it a beautiful evening. We learned our waiter will be moving out of state soon, we hope Olio E Limone rewards him, wish him well and pray they could find someone ½ has good as him. Thanks for a great evening! Awesome
We are been dining at the restaurant for years. Recently, we ordered the lobster ravioli and were disappointed as it did not appear to be lobster, but fish. We had notified the waiter and the establishment. On our return visit the other day, we again ordered the lobster ravioli ( as we had enjoyed it years ago and wished to repeat it) Sadly, the lobster ravioli did not have lobster, but some sort of fish. The veal scallopine tasted sweet, but not the sweet of Marsala, but surgary. The mushrooms did not taste like fresh mushrooms, but rather canned. The green bean salad which we had so enjoyed had a different dressing this time. We were terribly disappointed for this has been one of our favorite downtown dining rooms. We mention this hoping that some changes will occur. We have enjoyed the service and food in past years and wish to have that back again. When you charge the prices they do, the customers deserve the best!